Ricklis’s reputation is based on his 30 years of excavations and field work in the Coastal Bend and Texas. This reputation brought an audience from the whole region including Victoria, Corpus Christi, Port Lavaca, Goliad, Ingleside, Rockport, Refugio, Portland, Bayside and even Boerne.
Ricklis told the audience that most of the conventional history on the Karankawa is biased or inaccurate.
Ricklis also described a recent project that discovered a 7,000-year-old cemetery in Victoria County. The audience responded with a barrage of questions, indicating their high level of interest. The next meeting of the Bayside Historical Society will be Saturday Nov.12, with guest speaker, Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo.